When a slip and fall lawyer is hired to represent a case involving someone who suffered injuries on public or private property, they take on many responsibilities. This includes helping an accident victim understand their legal rights and assessing their case to determine how much compensation they should be awarded.
In addition, a slip and fall lawyer from our firm will also help a victim satisfy the burden of proof.
Satisfying the Burden of Proof in a Slip and Fall Case
When you fall on someone else’s property, whether it happened at a grocery store or on a broken sidewalk, you are going to need to show that the property owner or operator owed you a duty of care and that duty was breached.
Property owners are required to maintain their premises so that they are reasonably safe and free from any dangerous or hazardous conditions. Those who neglect to maintain their property or inspect them for unsafe conditions can be held financially liable for any accidents that occur.
The key to holding a property owner liable, however, is being able to prove they were negligent, and this is something a slip and fall lawyer will do. To satisfy the burden of proof, an attorney with our firm can gather evidence, such as photos, medical reports, and even surveillance footage to prove the following:
- An unsafe condition existed.
- The property owner was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition.
- The unsafe condition caused you to suffer injuries.
Examples of Unsafe Conditions You Can Sue For
Some examples of unsafe conditions that might warrant compensation include:
- Slippery floors
- Broken tile or lifted flooring
- Uneven steps
If any of these conditions contributed to you falling on public or private property, you may have a viable case that might entitle you to compensation.
Proving the Property Owner Was Negligent
We will not only help you identify the cause of your fall, but we will also help you prove it was the property owner’s negligence that caused it to occur.
Proving a property owner was negligent is not always easy as they could very well say they were not aware of the unsafe condition, or they could even try to throw the blame onto you. The good news, however, is that we can determine when a property owner is liable for a fall and when they are not.
Examples of Property Owner Negligence You Can Sue For
Some examples of property owner negligence include:
- Allowing a spilled substance to remain on the floor. If a grocery store employee sees a puddle of liquid on the floor and fails to clean it up immediately, the store owner could be held accountable if someone were to slip over the substance.
- Failing to repair a broken stair. In the event a property owner was aware that one of the stairs that led to the entrance of their business was broken but neglected to fix it or warn potential visitors, he/she could be sued for any injuries the broken stair caused.
- Failing to repair a broken sidewalk. When sidewalks are left unmaintained, the city could potentially be sued for a slip and fall accident. Because the city cannot always be held accountable for accidents that occur on public property, you may want to have a slip and fall lawyer from our firm determine if your case is valid.
Types of Damages a Slip and Fall Lawyer Can Help You Fight For
We will also help you assess your injuries and determine what damages you are entitled to recover. Some of the types of damages you may be eligible to receive include:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Past and future mental anguish
- Future loss of earning capacity
If You Fell on Public or Private Property, Contact Our Attorneys for Legal Advice and Assistance
If you fell on public or private property and suffered a serious injury, we are here to determine if you have a case and what it is worth.
Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson have more than 60 years of combined legal experience and have helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars for clients. To receive a free consultation, call us now.